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Miss Route 66 travels her namesake November 30, 2006

Posted by Ron Warnick in People, Road trips.
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Kara Knudsen, 18, of Norco, Calif., was crowned Miss Route 66 for 2006-07 at a pageant in Barstow a while back.

To her credit, she’s been traveling the road that provides her title, according to the Winslow (Ariz.) Mail:

She and her grandfather, Robert Knudsen, 75, have been travelling their favorite road eastbound for some time; visiting the historic sites, meeting people and collecting souvenir pins along this stretch. They stopped in Winslow last week to stay for a few days while traveling around to see local sights and visits friends in the area while staying around to participate in the Winslow Christmas Parade.

She’s also trying to promote the pageant so that other towns along the route create their own pageant, and it event becomes a nationwide event “to promote the 66 history and culture.”

Oscar lobbying begins for “Cars” November 30, 2006

Posted by Ron Warnick in Movies.
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Buena Vista Pictures has put up a Web site to woo the Academy of Motion Pictures to nominate several of its films for Academy Awards.

One of the movies Buena Vista is hoping will get Oscar nods is “Cars.” It’s lobbying for these nominations:

  • Best Animated Feature
  • Best Original Screenplay
  • Best Film Editing
  • Best Score
  • Best Sound Mixing
  • Best Original Song — “Our Town” or “Lose Yourself”

Bet the farm on the nomination for animated feature. Pixar, which made “Cars,” typically has a lock on it.
Nominations for best song and best score seem reasonably certain because previous Oscar winner Randy Newman is involved in both.
It’s difficult to predict whether “Cars” is in the running for best editing and best sound mixing. Pixar did both things well, but it’s hard to tell what it’s up against.

I don’t think a Best Screenplay nod is likely. It’s mostly a pedestrian plot. One of the strengths of “Cars” is its subtlety and heart, not a snappy script.

So “Cars” will likely get three Oscar nominations, with an outside shot at five. I don’t see it running the table for the six it wants.

Nominations will be announced on Jan. 23. The 79th annual Academy Awards will be at 7 p.m. CST Feb. 25, on ABC-TV.

(Hat tip to Upcoming Pixar.) 

Joe’s All-American road trip November 29, 2006

Posted by Ron Warnick in Road trips.
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Joe Queenan has written a funny, somewhat acerbic, mostly affectionate and observant essay about American road trips in the Belfast Telegraph. That includes a few thoughts about Route 66, including this one:

Cruising along Route 66 constantly reminds the traveller of the skewed concept of space that exists in the wide open spaces. Back east, signs read, “Food and Gas: 2 miles”. Out west, signs read, “Injun Joe’s Jewelry Shop, Subterranean Cavern and Dinosaur Farm, 137 miles”. People say, “New York, New York: Sounds so nice they had to name it twice”. True. But they only had to name Abilene and Salinas and Cheyenne once. The landscape is dotted with towns whose names are so evocative, so steeped in legend that if you try hard enough you can almost forget how nondescript they are once you get there. I can particularly recall drinking a cup of rancid coffee in a deserted diner in Gallup, New Mexico, gazing out the window at a freight train the length of the Amazon and thinking, “Gallup, New Mexico. Hear that lonesome whistle blow! Now, you’re talking!”

Go read it.

Rock Cafe retools its Web site November 29, 2006

Posted by Ron Warnick in Restaurants, Web sites.
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The Rock Cafe in Stroud, Okla., has renovated its Web site.

Although it’s a work in progress and stuff still needs to be added, it’s definitely a much-improved design.

Send us your Christmas photos November 29, 2006

Posted by Ron Warnick in Photographs.
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The Christmas season is upon us, and Redforkhippiechick‘s photo of an angel decoration in the dinky Route 66 town of Texola, Okla., has given me an idea.

Do you have cool photos of Christmas sights along Route 66? Are any businesses along the Mother Road decked out for the holiday? Are you seeing your own version of a winter wonderland on the Main Street of America?

If so, snap a picture of these sights and send the images to me so I can post them here over the next few weeks. Just let me know where the photos were shot and other relevant details, and I’ll be happy to credit the image to you.

Photos don’t have to be big (5 1/2 inches wide is all this site will allow), and if the digital images are clear and at least 72 dpi, they’ll be fine. Just e-mail your special image to route66news(at)yahoo.com .

Let’s make this beautiful and fun.

A report from the road November 29, 2006

Posted by Ron Warnick in Motels, Photographs, Road trips.
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Redforkhippiechick ventured to Vega, Texas, to help the owners of the Vega Motel prepare for their eventual reopening and stayed in the newly refurbished Apache Motel in Tucumcari, N.M.

There are other things she observed and shot photographs of. Check them out.

“Christmas on Route 66″ parade November 29, 2006

Posted by Ron Warnick in Events, Towns.
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This story in the Sapulpa (Okla.) Daily Herald about local Christmas parades has an item that might be of interest to Route 66ers:

Kellyville will celebrate “Christmas on Route 66” with its parade on Dec. 9, said Kim Crall, president of the Kellyville Chamber of Commerce.

The parade, which starts at 11 a.m., will follow the traditional parade route, which begins and ends at Kellyville’s North Campus, Crall said.

Entries are still being taken for the parade, and car clubs are welcome to participate, she added.

For information, call Phyllis Slater at the chamber office, 247-2900 [area code 918].

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